I was first introduced to the Enneagram in the slums of Cambodia. Since then I have trained under some of the great living Enneagram masters — including Father Richard Rohr — and now teach the Enneagram in workshops around the world as an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional.
I have spent my life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, I studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where I was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, I helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home–creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic.
A forerunner in the New Friar movement, my wife Phileena and I served with an international humanitarian organization for nearly community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. My vocation has taken me to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.
In 2012, Phileena and I launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism to support the development of spiritual consciousness by making contemplative practice accessible to individuals, communities and organizations who engage the challenging social justice perils of our time. My work with Gravity includes public speaking, teaching, writing on contemplative activism, facilitation of contemplative retreats, non-profit consultation, and Enneagram coaching.
Named one of Outreach magazine’s “30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership,” I am a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a witness to hope. I fight for a renewal of contemplative activism, and am a frequent contributor to or frequently highlighted in publications such as Magnolia Journal, the Enneagram Monthly, IEA Nine Points, Enneagram Magazine, Duke University’s Faith & Leadership, Relevant Magazine, The Work of the People, and Washington Post’s “On Faith” section.”.
I’m known for provocative storytelling, and have written three books and contributed chapters to several others. For over 20 years I have facilitated international solidarity pilgrimages in South/Southeast Asia, South America and though out Africa. As a discerning guide I thoughtfully curate small groups of conversation partners who press into the gift of pain and hope within contexts marked by deep poverty.
In addition to working with individuals and communities with the Enneagram, I’m also an ordained minister and frequently serve as the officiant and celebrant for baby blessings or dedications, baptisms, weddings, and non-traditional liturgical ceremonies.